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Search Results: MCH Organizations

This list of organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations Database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 7 (7 total).

Healthy Eating Research

Annotation: Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. HER supports research to identify, analyze, and evaluate environmental and policy strategies that can promote healthy eating among children and prevent childhood obesity. Special emphasis is given to research projects that benefit children and adolescents and their families, especially in lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity.

Keywords: Disease prevention, Ethnic factors, Health disparities, Health policy, Health promotion, Low income groups, MCH research, National programs, Nutrition policy, Obesity, Policy development, Risk factors

National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations (NAMBHA)

Annotation: National Alliance of Multi-Ethnic Behavioral Health Associations (NAMBHA) is a non-profit organization representing the following racial or ethnic behavioral health associations: 1) The First Nations Behavioral Health Association; (2) The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association; (3) The National Latino Behavioral Health Association; and (4) The National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health. Its purpose is to bring organizations representing diverse people of color together as a single voice to increase the effectiveness of advocacy, ensure a positive impact on the use of resources, and to collectively share expertise on behavioral health issues that significantly affect people of color.

Keywords: Behavioral medicine, Mental health, Advocacy, Associations, Collaboration, Culturally competent services, Ethnic factors, Ethnic groups, Racial factors

National Healthy Start Association (NHSA)

Annotation: The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) provides leadership and advocacy for health equity, services, and interventions that improve birth outcomes and family wellbeing. NHSA activities include an evaluation work group to establish the Healthy Start design as a evidence-based model, a health care navigator program, a leadership training institute, an infant mortality awareness campaign, a partnership to reduce racial disparities in infant mortality in U.S. urban areas, male involvement projects, and a campaign to promote preconception health and health care. The website includes newsletters, issue briefs, white papers, a calendar of events, training toolkits, links to related websites, press releases, a video, and blog. Information on how to become a NHSA member and how to make a donation are also provided.

Keywords: Access to health care, Community based services, Ethnic factors, Infant mortality, Low birthweight infants, Pregnancy outcome, Prevention programs, Race, Technical assistance

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)

Annotation: The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a part of the National Institutes of Health, promotes minority health; conducts and supports research, training, and research infrastructure; fosters emerging programs; disseminates information; and reaches out to minority and other health disparity communities. Priorities for the institute are the social determinants of health, patient-centered outcomes research; faith-based approaches to health disparities; and improving the participation of health disparity populations in clinical trials.

Keywords: Access to health care, Ethnic factors, Federal grants, Government programs, Health promotion, Information dissemination, Minority health, Model programs, Racial discrimination, Racial factors, Research, Sociocultural factors

National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA)

Annotation: The National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) was established to fill a need for a unified national voice for Latino populations in the behavioral health arena and to bring attention to the disparities that exist in areas of access, utilization, practice based research and adequately trained personnel.  A variety of resources related to Latino behavioral health, including research findings and issues in cultural competence, can be downloaded from the Web site. NLBHA also posts special announcements, news alerts, and links to related organizations.

Keywords: Health education, Hispanic Americans, Access to health care, Collaboration, Culturally competenent services, Ethnic factors, Ethnic groups, Mental health

U.S. Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Annotation: The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created in 1986 and is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The office is dedicated to improving the health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing policies, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental, and other factors which impact health. OMH programs address disease prevention, health promotion, risk reduction, healthier lifestyle choices, use of health care services, and barriers to health care. The OMH National Partnership for Action works to improve nationwide cohesion and coordination of strategies and actions to eliminate disparities and achieve equity. The OMH Resource Center provides literature, research, and referrals. The center also provides technical assistance to community organizations on HIV/AIDS. The OMH also offers a portfolio of cultural competency training.

Keywords: Health policy, Ethnic factors, Federal programs, Minority groups, Minority health, Program improvement, Racial factors, Risk factors

University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health (CAN DO Center)

Annotation: The Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO Center) at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry addresses socioeconomic and cultural disparities in oral health. The center is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to launch new programs to prevent early childhood tooth decay. The programs include new research to compare methods to prevent dental caries in children, as well as efforts to integrate and implement current scientific understanding across a variety of primary care and social service settings. UCSF also serves as the Data Coordinating Center for three of NIDCR-funded centers: UCSF, Boston University, and University of Colorado, Denver.

Keywords: California, Child health, Dental education, Dental schools, Ethnic factors, Ethnic groups, Health status, Minority health, Oral health, Public health, Racial factors, Research, State programs


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.